Do you carry a laptop around with you? Then you will probably need a laptop bag, so we took a look at the linear laptop should bag from STM for you.
A north-south bag for a commute of any direction. Multiple pockets to manage the necessities of your digital day, the linear holds and carries your laptop in stylish protection. Designed for most 15″ laptops, the linear also works great with a tablet or iPad tucked in the front slip pocket. Finally a minimalist shoulder bag for your entire digital day.
Who are STM?
From the website:
Founded in 1998 just outside Sydney, Australia in the famous suburb of Bondi Beach, our mission was, and still remains; to come up with a more comfortable, secure and stylish means of transporting your digital gear. Today, STM makes a variety of laptop bags, packs, fitted tablet and phone cases. All designed to make life a bit more worry free.
*Soft-lined laptop section surrounded in high density padding for ultimate protection
*Comfortable and adjustable shoulder strap for the long haul
*Front slip pocket big enough for a 10″ tablet/iPad or notebook
*Front organisation pocket for keys, cards, pen, etc.
*Reflective tab for night time visibility
*Soft-lined zip pocket for phone, sunnies, camera, etc.
*Luggage pass-through for wheeled bag
*Designed to fit most 15″ laptops
main material(s): 300D velocity poly
lining: 200D water resistant polyester (laptop: 200g brushed nylex)
device space: 9.8 x 14.3 x 0.9 in / 24.9 x 36.4 x 2.4 cm
outer dimensions: 11 x 15.7 x 3.1 in / 28 x 40 x 8 cm
capacity: 915.4 cu in / 15 L
weight: 1.1 lb / 0.5 kg
A Closer Look
And even with my MacBook Pro in the bag, there is still plenty of room for other things.
There are different sizes of linear bag from STM, for this review we had the medium, which can fit most 15” screens, and in my case that was an Apple MacBook Pro 15”. It also comes in Black and Grey.
The first thing I noticed was that the bag looked quite small, I thought that I would never be able to get everything in there I needed, and I am happy to admit that I was wrong.
There are multiple pockets in the bag, for everything from pens, to USB drives, to paperwork and chargers. Or as STM say, your “sunnies”, but given that I will be using the bag mostly in the UK, something tells me I won’t be needed my sunnies that much! The pockets are padded so anything you carry in the bag should be protected from everyday knocks.
The bag is very well made and is incredibly light weight. There is nothing worse that having a bag that already weighs a fair bit before you even put anything in it! Now to be fair, because of the size of the bag, you are not likely to be carrying lots of things around in it, but for most everyday tasks this will suit you perfectly.
Adjusting the should strap was simple and felt comfortable (it has some padding to help there), even after several hours of carrying it around.
The clips that hold the front flap in place are secure and easy to open and close, and the design of the clip means that it is pretty hard to trap some skin in the clips, and believe me I have done that a few times with other bags, and it hurts!
The bag offers a lot of protection, and I felt that my MacBook Pro, and the other items I was carrying were very well protected. I even had the occasional knock and everything was fine.
The linear laptop shoulder bag in medium retails for around $70.
If you are looking for a stylish, light weight shoulder bag that protects your stuff just as it deserves to be protected then you definitely take a long look at the linear laptop shoulder bag from STM.